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Eynsham park and ride

A new 850 space park and ride in Eynsham will provide easier access to frequent and reliable bus services into Oxford.

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About Eynsham park and ride

The 850-space park and ride, located on the A40 eastbound, will help improve congestion on the A40 and provide regular and reliable public transport services into Oxford. A new roundabout will make it easy to access from either direction on the A40.

Users will benefit from 24-hour security, dedicated cycle storage, public toilets and electric vehicle parking bays. The site will be accessible 24 hours a day and is designed for easy use with dedicated access and exit routes.

Improved bus and cycle lanes on the A40 will also make the journey into the city quicker. 

Why we are investing here

The proposals to address traffic and transport issues on the section of the A40 between Witney and Oxford will result in better transport links, the creation of new jobs and housing, reduced emissions, and more sustainable travel options. 

We’re investing £180 million in six major schemes, which will deliver a new park and ride, an extension of the dual carriageway around Witney, new bus lanes and junction improvements. 

The park and ride provides an attractive and more sustainable alternative to the car. By significantly improving the reliability, frequency and connectivity of public transport services into Oxford from the west, we’re able to reduce congestion levels, improve air quality and provide improved journeys for those travelling to Oxford for both work and pleasure.

The rationale for a park and ride location at Eynsham

The proposed park and ride combines existing bus services to/from Eynsham, Witney and Carterton as well as new services to deliver high frequency bus services offering direct connections to a range of destinations in and around Oxford.  The location at Eynsham is appropriate as it offers the most cost-effective solution for all.  In comparison, siting the park and ride at Witney would require a greater number of buses to serve the network and would therefore be considerably more expensive to provide the same level of service.

Population from a wide catchment will have access to the facility and private vehicle trips can be intercepted before the most constrained and congested sections of the A40. 

Residents of Eynsham and Cassington will benefit from the service improvements planned once the park and ride and bus lanes are in place and will be able to access A40 services from new bus stops facilities with real time information.

How the park and ride will contribute to the management of traffic along the A40

The park and ride on weekdays is expected to be used primarily during the morning peak period with modest arrivals and departures throughout the day and empty through the evening peak It is estimated the available capacity is sufficient to attract up to a third of current total peak vehicle per direction.  This will reduce the current day general traffic volumes east of Eynsham significantly compared with no park and ride in place.

In addition to car parking capacity, the park and ride site is planned to operate as a multi-modal hub linking other travel modes with buses.  Cyclists (and increasingly e-bikers), on-demand and community transport service passengers will also use the site to interchange with other modes for onward travel.

What you can expect

The planning application for the scheme is now approved subject to conditions, and the procurement of the next stage with our construction partner Balfour Beatty has been finalised. The surveys to support the design phase have now commenced.

Timetable of activity
Activity Target date
Detailed design start (park and ride) July 2021
Full business case submission to Department for Transport (DfT) May 2021
DfT funding approval  October 2021
Pre-construction works Late 2021
Construction starts – park and ride Early 2022
Detailed design complete Mid 2022
Construction starts - A40 bus lanes Mid 2022
Construction ends Late summer 2024

How it is being funded

The scheme is funded from a variety of sources:

  • Department for Transport retained Local Growth Fund - £35m
  • Housing Growth Deal - £11.775m
  • Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership - £3m
  • S106 contributions - £1.5m

The anticipated cost of this programme is £51.275m